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Matching exercise

Match the city to its famous attraction by drawing a line
between the two groups.



Big Ben                               Italy

Eiffel Tower                          London

Leaning Tower of Pisa                 Paris



Fill in the gaps

In each of the places Daniel visited, he was more interested in
finding something good to eat rather than looking at the sights!
In the spaces below, fill in the items Daniel wanted to eat in
each of the locations.

While in London, Daniel was interested in getting some
____________ to eat.

They saw the Eiffel Tower in Paris but Daniel really wanted a
______________.

Daniel wanted to have an ___________ in Italy.




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Spelling patterns

A contraction is a shortened word where one or more letters
are missing. Contractions are common in speaking and informal
writing. To make a contraction we use an apostrophe (‛) where
the missing letter(s) would go. For example that‛s for that is.

Write the short form of the following words by using
apostrophes.

Do not          __________
Did not         __________
It is           __________
I will          __________
What is         __________
Is not          __________



Now write the sentences from “True Grit” that contain the
above words. (Hint: look at pages 7, 8, 10, 13 and 14)

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True or False

Here are some sentences from the story “True Grit”. Some of
the sentences are true and some are false. At the end of each
sentence circle the “T” if you think it is true or “F” if you think
it is false.

Lesley and Daniel went on an overseas holiday with their friend
Jerry.     T / F

Daniel was only seven years old and this was the first time he
had been on a plane with his mum.      T / F

Lesley, Daniel and Maggie saw the Eiffel Tower in London.
T / F

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is in Italy. T / F

Maggie didn‛t want to climb the steps of the Tower.       T / F

Now change the false sentences to make them true.

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Word search puzzle

See how many words you can find from the story in the word
puzzle below. The words run left to right, right to left, up and
down and diagonally up and down.

                               True Grit
          Y    A   D   I   L   O   H   P   E   H   E   M   L   S   Y
          D    E   K   C   A   M   S   B   O   G   S   A   E   O   D
          L    E   H   I   W   A   L   J   D   P   N   E   S   D   N
          L    R   I   O   T   O   Z   V   V   A   E   R   L   Z   E
          R    O   E   G   T   E   R   X   Z   R   S   C   E   B   R
          W    U   N   W   G   C   Y   R   Z   I   N   E   Y   I   T
          T    T   O   D   O   A   H   T   I   S   O   C   Z   G   H
          O    D   A   V   O   T   M   I   S   E   N   I   K   B   S
          W    X   Y   R   A   N   L   A   P   P   D   G   L   E   I
          E    U   J   L   A   L   E   E   L   S   O   M   E   N   L
          R    P   E   S   A   S   F   A   F   D   D   Q   I   Y   L
          V    J   H   Y   R   T   N   H   T   F   D   L   N   W   Y
          Q    E   J   E   R   E   I   O   W   R   I   B   A   Y   A
          S    U   V   O   I   M   H   O   Y   H   R   E   D   E   V
          S    O   I   Q   E   O   B   O   I   T   Z   X   I   W   Q

ASHES                              LESLEY
BIG BEN                            LONDON
DANIEL                             MAGGIE
EIFFEL TOWER                       NONSENSE
FLAVOUR                            OVERSEAS
GOBSMACKED                         PARIS
HOLIDAY                            PLANE
HOTCHIPS                           SILLY
HOTDOG                             TOWER
ICE CREAM                          TRENDY
ITALY                              WORRIED


              (Created using Puzzlemaker at DiscoverySchool.com)



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Crossword puzzle

The answers to these crossword clues can all be found within
the story “True Grit”. You will need to read the story carefully
to find the answers and then complete the puzzle.

                           True Grit




Across
5. How old is Daniel?
6. Daniel wanted to eat one of these in Italy
8. The famous sight Daniel saw in London
9. The friends travelled by...
Down
1. The Eiffel Tower is in this city
2. Maggie wanted to climb the steps of the...
3. What colour were the trendy young people
dressed in?
4. What came drifting down from the Tower?
7. Who travelled with Lesley and Daniel?
             (Created using Puzzlemaker at DiscoverySchool.com)


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Language reconstruction

Single sentences from the story “True Grit” are listed below,
but they are not in the correct order. Read the story and then
have a go at numbering the sentences in the order they appear
in the story, using the boxes alongside each step.




They saw the Eiffel Tower in Paris.


Lesley and Daniel went on an overseas holiday with their friend
Maggie.                                                   1




They saw Big Ben in London.



Maggie went over to the young trendy people who were dressed
in black.



Daniel was gobsmacked too when his mum offered to buy him a
fresh ice cream.



“Look how much it leans. It could fall over at any minute.”




Maggie wanted to climb the steps up the tower.


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“Book Report” exercise

“True Grit” is a fun story that has a lot of information in it.
After reading the story, fill in the report below with as much
information as you can about Lesley, Maggie and Daniel‛s
overseas trip.

Title of the story: _________________________________

Who: __________________________________________

What:
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When:
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Where: _________________________________________

Why:
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How:
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In the story “True Grit” Lesley, Maggie and Daniel travelled to
Europe, visiting London, Paris and Italy.

Discussion topics

Have you ever travelled overseas or within Australia, if so:
Where?
When?
How did you get there?
What foods or customs/traditions did you encounter?

Is there anywhere that you would really like to travel to, if so:
Where?
Why?

Writing exercise

After discussing the questions above, write about an
experience you have had while on holiday
                               Or
Write about a place you would like to visit and why. It might be
that you were born there or have family at this place.



You can also research a holiday destination on the Internet,
the newspaper or travel brochure and put together a journey
of your own. This may include flights, hotels, sightseeing tours
and dates to travel. You could use sentences, lists or pictures,
or what ever you like!




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Correct the mistakes

The computer has just opened a can of worms and they have
fallen into the story! So, every time you see the word “worm”
replace it with the correct word from the story. Circle the
word with a pen or highlighter then copy the corrected passage
in the space provided.



Lesley and Daniel went on an overseas holiday with their worm

Maggie. Daniel was only seven years old and this was the first

time he had been on a worm with his mum. They saw Big Ben in

London. Daniel was more interested in getting some hot worm

to eat. They saw the Eiffel Worm in Paris. Daniel was more

interested in the hot dog cart. They saw the Leaning Tower of

Pisa in Worm. Daniel was more interested in the ice-cream

cart.

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Writing exercise

Have you ever been gobsmacked or have a gobsmacking story
you would like to share? If so, write it down and send it to
Read Write Now! Locked bag 6, Northbridge WA 6865. You
never know, it might just be published! Include your contact
details.
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Grammar – Expanding the text with adjectives

Using adjectives makes your sentences more interesting.
Adjectives are describing words and they tell you more about
nouns. Nouns are naming words such as a person, place or thing.

For example:
Jan is beautiful.
Jan is the noun and beautiful is the adjective as it describes
the noun.

Add adjectives to the sentences below to make them more
descriptive and interesting.

Lesley and Daniel went on an overseas holiday.
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They saw the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
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Maggie wanted to climb the steps up the Tower.
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Grammar – editing skills

When writing it is important to check your own work; this is
called editing. Some points to remember are to always start a
sentence with a capital letter. Capitals are also used for the
names of people and places (nouns). A full stop marks the end
of a sentence.

Below is a paragraph from “True Grit”. Edit the text by placing
capital letters and full stops in the correct places.
Hint: There are four (4) mistakes

Maggie went over to the trendy young people who were dressed
in black “What‛s it like up there? My friend is worried it isn‛t
safe,” said maggie
It‛s amazing up there,” they replied

Spelling – developing a “speller’s eye”

Read the passage below taken from “True Grit” and underline
the six (6) spelling mistakes.

Hint: A good way to check spelling is to read from the end of
the passage of text to the beginning, as reading out of context
helps the eye to pick up spelling errors.

Lesley and Maggie loked first at the gritty ice-creams then at
each otha. They were gobsmacked!! Daniel was gobsmacked to
when his mum offered to by him a fresh ice-cream. “I think
wee should try a different flava,” was all Lesley could say.




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Discussion topic/sorting activity

Although Daniel was visiting some of the most beautiful and
exciting cities in the world, he seemed more interested in the
junk food these cities had to offer!

Here are a number of different foods. Sort these foods into
one of the three groups in the table below. Is the food a junk
food, healthy or is it difficult to decide? Justify your decision.



hamburger                 green salad            fried chicken

     fish and chips            sandwich          Greek salad

falafel           pizza                roast dinner      tacos

     salad roll                chips             fruit salad




     HEALTHY              JUNK FOOD                   CAN’T DECIDE




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Write a critique

A critique is a short piece of writing about a story. It starts
with a brief summary of what the author said, and then looks
at it critically.

   To summarise the book first read it all, then think about
    it.
  What is the book about? What is the author telling us?

   To critically evaluate what the author wrote, ask yourself:

What does the author do to get and retain your attention, for
example does she/he use humour?
Is the writing clear and easy to understand?
Would you change anything about the story and why?

   You may then give your opinion about the story, for
    example,

I liked this story because…………
or
I didn‛t enjoy this story because………….
and
Who would you recommend this story to and why?




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